Unusual Creature Drops in for Check Up

28 June 2013
Able Seaman Taylor Burgess, Seaman Kasey Senior and Able Seaman Jordan Shephard get close to Mangitungs the cus cus at the community health fair.
Able Seaman Taylor Burgess, Seaman Kasey Senior and Able Seaman Jordan Shephard get close to Mangitungs the cus cus at the community health fair.

The veterinary team deployed for Pacific Partnership 2013 has treated a most unusual patient.

Far from the farm stock and pets they were expecting, the team were presented with a native cus cus, a striking orange bush possum.

Named Mangitungs, the cus cus was brought in to a full day community health fair by his owner Erica.

Mangitungs was considered very healthy by Australian Army Captain Kendall Crocker who gave the curious creature a check-up.

Mangitungs, who is estimated to be around four months old, drew the attention of the combined Australian-American team working at the health fair.

“We had received a lot of dogs for check-ups and then out of nowhere someone presented an orange looking possum with white patches”, United States Army Specialist Kellie Johnson said.

“He was actually really healthy but given he was only four months old it was good to give him what was probably his first ever check-up.”

The veterinary team are part of the over 100 member strong contingent currently embarked in HMAS Tobruk.

They will offer veterinary services to local people wishing to improve the health of their animals.

Pacific Partnership 2013 is a humanitarian aid mission to render medical, dental, veterinary and engineering assistance to countries in the Pacific region.

United States Army Captain Michael Brown assesses puppies in at the veterinary tent while Specialist Kellie Johnson takes notes.
United States Army Captain Michael Brown assesses puppies in at the veterinary tent while Specialist Kellie Johnson takes notes.

Additional imagery is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20130435